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  •  Women’s Imaging Center offers complete breast health services in Rome

    Whether coming in for routine screening or advanced diagnostic imaging of the breasts, the last thing that women want to hear is that they will have to go to another location or even out of town for additional testing and procedures. At the Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital, patients can be assured that whatever type of diagnostic tool or biopsy option they may need is available to them in one convenient and familiar location.
    “We have the capability and expertise to provide our patients with the full range of diagnostics including digital mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI imaging, as well as stereotactic, ultrasound, and MRI guided needle biopsy,” said Linda Lyon, RN, CBPN-IC, nurse navigator for the Women’s Imaging Center.
    “Our patients are able to receive the highest level of care without the need to travel to the larger cities,” Lyon continued. “There is also no need to wait for a referral to another facility or the extended wait times often associated with larger facilities.”

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    TOTAL BREAST CARE – Radiology Technologist Michele Charbonneau, R.T. (R) (M) reassures a patient undergoing a mammogram procedure at the Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital.  Patients at the Women’s Imaging Center can receive a full range of procedures all performed in the same location, from routine mammography to image guided biopsies.  

    In her role as nurse navigator, Lyon ensures that her patients have the support and resources they need to successfully navigate through the continuum of care. Lyon is invested in each patient’s journey, helping to ease anxiety by providing information, coordination of appointments, and whenever possible staying by their side during procedures to answer questions and offer support.
    The care at the Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital begins with state-of-the-art digital mammography. Every woman who has a mammogram at the center receives an objective breast density screening. Utilizing Volpara computer software in conjunction with the mammography exam, the radiologists at the center can assess the density of breast tissue during a routine mammogram. Dense breast tissue can make it harder to detect breast abnormalities on a mammogram, so an additional imaging procedure may be considered by the patient’s physician.
    “When the Volpara program categorizes a woman’s breast tissue as dense, a follow-up ultrasound of her breasts can be performed, sometimes at the same appointment,” said Lyon.
    Lyon goes on to state that since dense breast screening ultrasound has been implemented, abnormalities have been revealed on ultrasound imaging that would not have been detected during a mammogram. “The number of patients whose breast cancer was detected in a follow-up ultrasound due to dense breast tissue has been significant enough for us to see the great benefit to our patients of dense breast screening,” she explained. “This gives us a huge advantage in early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”
    When medical imaging detects a breast abnormality, the next step may be a biopsy. Depending on the patient, a stereotactic, ultrasound, or MRI guided needle biopsy may be required and all are available at the Women’s Imaging Center. In addition to image guided biopsies, breast surgical procedures are also performed at Rome Memorial Hospital.
    Rome Memorial Hospital’s team of experienced and thorough medical imaging technologists and radiologists are led by John Restivo, M.D., radiologist and chairman of the hospital’s Medical Imaging Department. Our board certified radiologists received their training at major medical schools such as Harvard, Duke, Lahey Clinic, SUNY Health Sciences Center and Tufts with additional expertise in radiological sub-specialties such mammography and breast MRI. These physicians have cultivated a service-oriented culture dedicated to remaining at the forefront of industry innovations.
    The Women’s Imaging Center at Rome Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program, a quality initiative of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. The center received this recognition in honor of the hospital’s commitment to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in Rome and the surrounding communities.